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we cannot just to feed the left in washington. we need 40 more house seats in washington. we need to pick up the state senate here. we need to strengthen the hand the government has. we need to recognize the 513,000 elected officials of the state and local levels, and only 537 in the federal level. we need then for the first time in 80 years to replace the governing structure of the left with the governing structure that is center-right, and we need fro the very first day to implement decisively every establishment of an american exceptional is some that recognizes the power starts with you and goes to washington when necessary. art does not start in washington with a bunch of judges and bureaucrats dictating to you what to do. thank you, good luck, and god bless you.
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attendeds roemer public schools. he went on to harvard universit where he received his degree in 1964. governor romer served four terms in united states congress. as a conservative democrat he broke ranks with his own party to vote for president ronald reagan. he was louisiana governor from 1988 until 1992, both a democrat and republica during his tenure, unemployment in the state dropped by half. the state budget was balanced in
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all years. teacher pay was leaked to proformance street -- was linked to performance. since leaving office, he has been involved in a number of ventures, recently serving as the founder and ceo and president of business d first bank. it took no bailout money from the federal government. governor roemer the father of three children. it is my pleasure to introduce you governor buddy roemer. >> thank you, and three
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grandchildren. i love those kids. i am honored to be with you in iowa at faith in freedom. i have always been a church- going methodist boy. from a cotton field in north louisiana. after a long. as a divorced man, 12 years i remarried some 10 years ago. i married a piano player in a church next door to my own. scarlet. thank you, jes. i now go to first methodist church nearly every sunday, said in the balcony, and then as the final hymn is sung, i go to the chapel at lsu and sit with my wife did the piano. faith and freedom, i am honored
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to be invited. let's get to it. i am pro-life, traditional values man. i am the only person thinking of running for president who was elected as a congressman and as a governor prep. i helped lead the bull winkles. i worked with or reagan every day. i am proud that we helped turn this great country around. then i ran for governor of louisiana, served four years, beat and admittedly corrupt edwin edwards after he spelle -- span $12 million. we sold airplanes, limos, delayed paychecks, did not
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replace workers who quit. we forced the oil andchemicals to clean up the air and water. we dropped toxic emissions by 41%. we stopped prevailing wage. we ancred the union but we build on the right to work. we broke teacher tenure by testing teachers, to find out who can teach and we paid them 30% more. if that was not enough to get the attention of the corrupt good old boy network, i changed parties while in office. i blamed president reagan. he was always on me, you should be a republican, but. the democrats at this date by
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strangled. there was no debate. i decided that we needed a debate. i decided louisiana needed to be -- the polls were horrible to do that. they said he will lose your reelection, and did by a whisker. it was a tough battle. edwin edwards and david duke, how would you like to campaign against them? we lost it by a whisper, and they both went to the penitentiary. [applause] for the last 15 years, i have been building banks, community banks, main street ban, banks that come to their greatness one loan that time, one person at that time. the old-fashioned way. main street, not wall street.
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this is not about my past. it is about our future. i think america is in trouble. the debt is amounting, and is resting on the chests of my grandchildn. spending is out of control. we spend $300 billion of month, and we'd borrow $120 billion of that. we've borrowed from our enemies or our competitors -- china, japan, and the tyrants in the middle east. the is no end in sight, and the president's own budget, he has got to in years of deficit. he will add more to the national debt in his four years than all presidts or him combine. what is washington doing?
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thank god for the tea party. i noticed -- [applause] thank god for paul ryan and the republican party and steve king and others. washington is not about leadership. washington is not about the people. washington is about money and reelection. had he figured it out? -- have you figured it out? i will tell you a story, the nation is hurting, and washington, d.c., is a boom town. how does that grab you? i tell you what they are addicted to. special interest money, all i want is access money, wall street money, to be to fail money. union money, the pac money, pac money back money, corporate
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money, a pharmaceutical money, all subsidy money, ethanol bsidy money, insurance money, tort reform money. the system is institutionally corrupt. where are the people? they're left that. i go to washington once every two or three years, to spend a couple of days, see what the old boys are doing -- nothing. they have a fund raiser every night, and the old guyare auctioning off for their retirement so they can be a lobbyist. am i telling the truth? that is washington, d.c. there are guys that right health care bills of 2100 pages and
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they do not even mention tort reform or farmers to the will competition. they write banking bills and they are a joke. too big to fail is still allowed in this country, and banks are bigger than ever, and greedier than ever. wall street is not what it used to be, and they are not main street. i challenge the system. i challenge it. i declare my independence. i will take no more than $100 maximum contribution from any individual, $100. i will take no pac money, d i report every name and address. why would i do it? the only way to do the things that newt wants to do or tim pawlenty, good people, or mr. cain, or anybody running, the only way to do it is have a
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president who is free, who is free to do the right thing, who was freed to lead. [applause] all people say, roemer is a smart guy, i went to harvard at 16, studied economics and got a master's degree from harvard business school, and build all these companies. yeah. it is not about how smart i am. they then go on to say, he cannot win. he is running for governor. i am running for president, and it is $100. it is in reach of eve family, even -- every person of faith. and we can take this country back again. they say he cannot win. you know what i need? one person out of every hundred. if i get one out of a hundred, i will have 3 million americans give a hundred dollars in the
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primary. we will raise $300 million. that is more than john mccain raised. it can be done, and then when the primary is over and you and i are- on the purse, which will turn on the president of the united states. we will get two people out of 100 to join us, and we will raise $600 million, and we will let in. will change this country. i have always wanted to do it. i have always wanted to challenge what i saw when ias in congress. i did not take pac money then. i always wanted to send -- set a hundred dollar limit to walk across iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, andhe proposition, make a deal. to free people, free people of faith, they should get involved.
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i want a president free to lead on energy independence. this nation ought to be freed from the middle east. [applause] when i said that policy, we can do it by the end of this decade, i will eliminate the ethanol subsidy. i want to tell you, iowa, and i will eliminate the oil subsidy. the price of oil is $106 a barrel. what do they need a subsidy for? at the law takes -- out of 10 of every cornfield. four rows out of 10 that is not the hungry or necessary. -- four rows out of 10.
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you carved out the inefficiencies. but business principles there businessi.t. and standard software. we have to get rid of my little deal and your little deal, and put together our deal. i declare my independence. i ask you to join me with $5 or $10 or $20 or $100. not anymore. i ask you to spread the word. i ask you to tell people that a seasoned warrior, against the special interest money, is in the race. i ask you to tell them that he is old enough to know what to do and young enough to get it done. [laughter] i ask you to tell them that he
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has been in business battles and political battles come from local to national. i ask you to tell them that he has the scars to prove fvalor and courage, and by god, he is a friendly man, too. finally, i know there are some who will dismiss our chances. they say do not considerdbuddy. he cannot win. let's suppose that there is one of you here today, just one, who would reach out across old wounds and down the mississippi river and say, let's go, but the. just one. and that tomorrow he added one person to that. and the next day we doubled those. just people who sa buddy, washington is all special
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interest, and i am with you. in 21 days, we would have a million people. in 20 days, we would have america. we are this close. listen to me up, iowa. where this close to taking this country back. we're this close to doing the right thing. cannot think it is too big a job. i know all the other candidates are good people and they have pacs and they have airplanes. all i have got is me and you. i thinit is enough. when we clare our independence we are finished with our service i believe our nation will be stronger, freer, ppier, safer, more at work, and more at peace tn it is
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today. there will be surprises. there will be setbacks. but we will aim high, and i believe that america can compete again. i have been to china more times than all the others put together, including the president. i've watched the competitors up close. that is what i do. the cynics will say it cannot be done, $100 of the time. that is the only way to do it. i am a book man. proverbs, 13:11. read it when you get home tonight. i will read you to lines. if honest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money makes it grow. [applause]
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as a young man at harvard, from the cotton farm, 16, never been away from home, my first airplane ride, i was there two days, 1960, and i met robert frost. a poet who was my hero. he was 80, 81. he wrote a poem hundred years ago, and i will read you four lines. and going out to clean that pasture spring. i only stopped to rake the leaves away. and wait to watch the water clear, i may. gone long.e you come, too, iowa. we have rotten leaves covering our spring. we do not need a new spring. we need to clean what god gave
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us. i run to challenge the corrupt system. i run to dream of all the things that could be and make america that place for you. i am preparing to run for president. you come, too, iowa. you are our heart. thank you. [applause] >> you go, buddy! >> tim pawlenty often says that people's politics are rooted where theyome from. that is south st. paul minnesota, a blue-collar neighborhood that was the home to the largest stockyards in america when he was growing up. one of five children, his father
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was a truck driver, and his mom passed away when he was young. he worked hard and became the first in his family to graduate from college. while he went on to law school , his siblings went on to become homemakers and grocers, and they became the center of his life. although they were democrats, at least until when he became governor of minnesota in 2002. i sure you his background because his leadership is rooted in the values he learned growing up. the valu of hard work and family, and a promise of upward mobility. those values that guided him as governor, where he worked to of our people by reforming schools, cutting health-care costs, a lid on taxes. say no to taxes and spending is not easy anywher at him has
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gone towed to toe with democrats, unions, special interests. under his leadership, minnesota has flourished. the station has nation-leading health care, the highest school test scores, an economy that is doing significantly better than most of the other states. duringis eight years, he was a champion for family values and set up for the rights of the unborn. while being a conservative, ghting the liberal minnesota established and can be a lonely endeavor. he was fortunate to have his wife at his side for the last 22 years trip since they met, mary has also had accomplished career, serving as a district judge in minnesota and helping to raise their daughters. the family attends with dale church. it is my honor to introduce to you, the former governor of minnesota, tim pawlenty.
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>> thanks a lot. as president obama would say, you are welcome. as the story goes, then president lyndon baines johnson assembled his team into the cabinet room of the white house, and he characteristically and loudly yelled out down the table, he said, moyers, who was the press secretary, why don't yo start the meeting with a prayer. bill moyers began to pray down at the other end, and lbj belt out again, said, we cannot hear you down at the end of the room. as the story goes, moyers said, with all due respect sir, itas
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not you i was talking to. that is a great story about remembering where we get our help from, where we look to from our guidance and leisure. i want to thank the faith and freedom coalition for having their 11th annual gathering. it is very important. i want to thank chuck and the leadership of this or a position -- of this organization. we have a lot of challenges in this country at this moment and in this intersection. i am reminded of another time when our country faced similar challenges. we had a brutal and difficult election but ronald reagan won the presidency. [applause]
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the country had almost seemingly insurmountable economic challenge. we had trouble abroad and security concerns, many of the same challenges we are facing today and in that january day that was overcast, ronald reagan came from out of the capital and he stood at the podium and said later he felt even though the day was overcast and that moment, he thought a beam of sunshine had hit him and warmed up the podium in a way in time for his swearing in. he put his hand on the bible and took the oath of office as president of the united states of america and that bible was open to the second chronicles, 7-14. the passage says this. if m people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turned from their wicked ways, i will hear from heaven, and
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forgive their sins and heal their land. and now reagan who could not have known, his mom wrote in the margins, "a great passage for healing the nation's." that was great direction. it is great direction in our time and it is great direction for the future of this country for all time. we need to know where our help comes from. we need to be a country that turns toward god, not a country that turns away from god. [applause] this is not the rhetoric o. this is a founding premise. the thought it was so important,
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so profoundly important, the imbedded into the founding documents in this country. there are many eloquent examples, you know of them. i will give you a few by way of example. in the declaration of independence, it says we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. it does not say we are endowed by our member of congress or our bureaucrat,r our school board member, our freedoms and privileges r grant, a blessing from our creator. we need to make re we remember that and our freedoms are gift from our creator and constituon. ituarantees that will continue and 49 of the 50 states have language in the beginning of their constitution like iowa. like minnesota. in our constitution, similar to your language. our says -- powers says we the
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people of minnesota, grateful to god for our civil and religious liberties and it goes on to talk about the importance of perpetuating those blessings for future generations to come. we need to remember as others try to push or marginalize people of faith, we need to remember this and always remember it. the constitution was designed to protect people of faith from government, not to protect government from people of faith. [applause] leadership matters a lot. the leaders nationally set the tone in the pace in the focus for our nation in these matters and we have a problem in washington, d.c. and we have some of the leaders there who believe the enormous moral debt in our country does not matter. it matters. just because we followed greece
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into democcy does not mean we follow the lead to bankruptcy. we have people who believe the unborn do not have a right to life. yes, they do. [applause] we have people who say, marriage will beefined however we feel like defining it. no, it will not. it should be defined as between a man and a woman. [applause] we have people who believe that the judges in the elite and other should decide. they need to be reminded the constitution does not say, with the judge's or week, the media. or we, the elite. it says, we the people.
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we tell them what to do. they do not tell us what to do. [applause] i got a lot of folks who say this is tough. the country is divided. there's a lot of challenges. interest groups are powerful and it is difficult. you're looking at someone who is the conservative governor of the state of mccarthy, mondale, humphrey, wellstone, and united states senator al franken. as frank sinatra would sing, if we can do it there we can do it anywhere. if you look at my record as governor, we have a record and this is important. chalk spoke about it today in the newspaper. as the conservative -- ask the conservative movement and people who have had their hopes high and been disappointed. we need leaders who can not just
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talk the talk but who can walk the walk. we need people that you know based on who they are and what they believe and why they believe that, who will stand in with their compass setting set right and move forward with fortitude and strength and courage and get the job done. in minnesota during my time as governor, we took spending down and reduced it for the first 150 years.w zero in on we cut taxes even though we had recessions. we reformed one of the first states to do bold public employee pension reform. we were the first state to go statewide to have performance pay on teachers other than to pay them on security but performance. we did welfare reform and for reform and all the things the country needs and is talking about now. there are four governors in the
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country that got an "a"rom the libertarian cato institute. one was in south carolina, in louisiana, west virginia, and i was the other one. i was the only one in the north half of the country that got that great. -- grade. [applause] none of that was easy. in the single season record holder for issuing of visas -- videos. we had the first and only government shutdown in a 150- year eithehistory on my watch. we had one of the august transit strikes in the history of the country because our government bus drivers thought they should
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able to work 15 years and be able to have the government pay for their health insurance for the rest of their life. we took a strike, 44 days, shut down the transit system for months and a half the in the 15th largest metropolitan area in the country. we had the usual protests and the noises in sights and sounds. i had people standing outside my window with signs saying tim pawlenty is a weapon of mass transit destruction. i would go around the state on this issue and many like it and say if you are not in government, how many of you get to work 15 years and have the government pay for your health insurance for the rest of your life? no hands ever win out. the the i would say, do you know that bus drivers get that? how they do? you are paying for that. we are? do you think we should shut that benefit of? heck, yeah. we got big issues to tackle and
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none of those are easy. those are examples of the kind of thing we tackle. it ain't gonna be easy. if prosperity were easy, everyone in the world would be prosperous and if security were easy, everybody in the world would be secure. if freedom were easy, everybody in the world would be free. but they are not. it takes extraordinary commitment, it takes extraordinary strength to stand up to the people who oppose these principles. valley forge was not easy. settling the west was not easy. winning world war ii was not easy. going to the moon was not easy. this is not about easy, this is about rolling up our sleeves and plowing ahead and getting the job done. [applause]
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this is about our country. we, the people of the united states will rise up again. we will take back our government. we are the people of this country. this is our country. our founding fathers created it. ronald reagan personified it and abraham we can defend it. we need to do the same. now as ever, this nation under god will have a new freedom. our government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth and will have thgreatest nation can itand continue to. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [applause]
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>> thank you. steve does not like his new name chuck, so i am sorry. [laughter] former senator rick santorum of pennsylvania was elected to the u.s. house of representatives in 1998 at the age of 32. when 1995 to 2007 he served in the u.s. senate. in 2000 he was elected to the position of senateepublican conference chairman. he became one ofhe most successful government reformers in our history. taking on washington's powerful special interests from the moment he arrived. along with john boehner and others he was one of the famous gang of seven that expose post office scandals and it was his
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record that prompted a reporter to write in a recent article that santorum was a tea party kind of guy before there was a tea party. he is the author of the welfare reform act that has empowered millions to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce. he wrote and championed the legislation that [unintelligible] and the combatting autism act because he believes each and every individual by you and the most notably to be protected. he fought to maintain fiscal sanity in washington before was fashionable come out fighting for a line-item veto. he proposed reforming entitlements, cutting spending, and developing a spendometer. he served eight years on the
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senate armed services committee where he led the fight for the -- before the attacks of sept. 011 to transform our military to meet today's security needs. he was a leader on u.s.-israeli relations, offering the syria accountability and the iran freedom act which he fought to pass. despite initial opposition from president bush. he teamed up with president bush to read these courage of aids and malaria from africa. he patted the 2005 best-seller, "it takes the family". he is now a senior fellow at the ethics and policy center. a contributor on th fox news channel. he is proud of his role of
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husband and father. they're the parents of seven wonderful children. it is my pleasure to introduce to you senator rick santorum. [applause] >> good to be with yound -- i have done that a million times. sorry. it is great to be back. i was here at a smaller venue last year when we did this. this is exciting to be here. it is always the case when pete read the introduction, i can always count on the line that it's the most response. are the parents
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of seven children. i thought maybe not in this audience it would not get so much of a ripple. before left the seven children and karen, i told them this was not just another speech for me. the ones you always think of when you're on the campaign trail and you try out your economic speech or your social conservative speech or whatever. this is a group that is for faith and family and freedom. this is a group that means a lot to me. this is a group that i have been attached at the hip from for a lot of years, working in the vineyards with people who stand for what america stands for. america is a great moral enterprise. it is not just about creating wealth or military strength. it is more than that. my grandfather came to this country and brought my dad at the age of seven.
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he did not come here because he needed a job. he had a great job in italy and worked on the postal train. he saw the father as a brown shirt in mussolini's youth corps and said that is not what he wanted for his children. he came to this country and worked until in the coal lands ofestern pennsylvania until he was 72 digging coal. i remember him very well. i will never forget those powerful hands he had. he came here because he wanted toreate the opportunity for his children not just to get rich. not just to the the be able to do whatever they wanted to do. but for my grandfather and generations of americans, america has been about doing what our declaration of independence says. doing what god has treated us to do, to follow his mission.
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america is not about great wealth or power. the purpose of america is you. the purpose of america is to create an opportunity for each and every person blessed to be in this country. to be able to live as they ought to live, as they were called to live. we all share values. america, i always say that if i went backo my father's home country of italy and lived there for 50 years, i would not be an italian. when my father came here and learned england -- english and was able to live and be an american, he was an american because he accepted america as the idea is. america is about an idea anit has to be about shared value for what is it? -- or what is it?
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people say we suld set these aside and have a truce. it is to wear. it is the purpose of our country. i have been out fighting in the wars on these moral issues. i can tell you, i had a chance to speak to which anderson who is the chairman of the judiciary committee. i was talking with him and we have been dealing with these maiage issues and abortion issues and it is tough. i have never been through the assault i have been true over these last few days. i said welcome to the club. it is one thing to stand up in front of a group and talk about the things you believe in. it is another thing to go out and lead and fight for those beliefs. for my children, i always thought because i took the lead on the partial birth abortion and abortion and family issues, i was the conservative. i was involved in all sorts of cutting spending. the gang of seven.
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i was the conservative conservative. it was not until i stood on the floor of the senate next to barbara boxer and for our on and, debated are boxer. it was a special -- there is a special place in heaven for me as a result. [applause] after those debates, after i stuck my head out of the foxhole, my children used to think my first name was ultra. once you stick your head out on the social issues, one to fight for the moral fabric of our country, you are labeled. you are labeled. it doesn't matter i was out working on welfare reform in 1996 and 1997. i read the contract with america welfare reform
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provision. that does not matter you were out. i was able to end a federal entitlement. i stood toe to toe with daniel patrick moynihan. and for the first time, a broad based federal entitlement and got some boats in the senate. almost half the democratic caucus. ultra. it can stand up and helped -- 54 health care reform. we were the first introduced the concept called medical savings accounts and we push that forward and developed a patient centered approach to solving the problems of health care and focus their energy and tried to change the system to make it more private sector oriented as i did on the finance committee. ultra. it can work and taking on as i did after the events of 9/11 and focused in and trietry to engage
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colleagues in the senate but even the president on the war of ideas. thwar of ideas. who are we at war with? one of the great concerns when i ran in 2006 was we're missing something. we did not understand that we were losing the battle. not on the streets of iraq in 06. we were losing it in america because the president did not trust americans enough to tell them who this enemy is and why. what they want us to strike. was afraid to call it what they were. i gave a speech in 2006 and said this is not a war on terror. we are at war with jihadists. they it is because of who we are and they want to distress. we need to laid out for the
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american public and trust they will understand. i took on that battle. i continued to take on that battle. i spent four years traveling the country talking about the threats. i worked in the last couple years of my term and pass the iran freedom and of support at. to help the pro-democracy movement in iran. to plant seeds in all these muslim countries that are ruled by dictators that are posed to us to have a peaceful revolution. where we can be helpful to them. and compare that to the strategies of this administration who sit by and watch as people died in the streets of iran and we took the side of the people who are developing nuclear weapons. we sat on the sidelines in as we do in libya. when khadafi -- gaddafi is
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attacking this country. i am ultra. why? because i share your values and i fought for them. i sit on the floor of the u.s. senate and offered a partial birth abortion act and i did not just offering. -- offer it. [applause] i stood there and i fought day in and day out year in and year out. 1996, 1998, 1998, 1999. we fought and lost. we lost time and time again and we ended up losing because bill clinton would veto the bill and we the the not have the votes to override the veto. i continued to fight. i continue to stand up for life and god bless .
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-- blessed us. [applause] hwo? how? for the first time since roe v. wade in the late 1990's, something dramatic happened. as we were talking about, remember what it was? a baby in the womb at least 20 weeks with arms and legs and eyes and ears, it is a baby. and it was being delivered all but the head and killed. for the first time, the folks on the other side could not ignore that what was being killed was a baby. it was right there in the doctor's hands as the baby was almost delivered and killeby the doctor. for the first time since roe v. wade, attitudes on- in public opinion polls changed about abortion and the continue to change. why? because we lost. hadill clinton signed that
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bill when we first passed it, no one would ever have heard of partial birth abortion but he did not. god blessed us for fighting the fight. we continued and we got it passed, overruling the supreme court and the supreme court said it was wrong and we passed a bill and said you are wrong. the first section said why they were wrong. [applause] that procedure is banned. we were blessed. we stood up and fought for the unborn victims of violence act. that is if a child isilled by someone who hms the mother and is killed or injured, the law can trea that child as a child for purposes of criminal charges. talk about a house divided. how can we allow abortions and charge someone for the cri for killing the same baby?
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it depends if the doctor is alwed to or not. has consent to or not. finally, the born alivenfant protection act. that is an important piece of legislation that ll be something i will talk about a lot. if i ever get down the road a year plus now to meet with the president. that is a bill i offered and it was copied in all the other states. everyone interest -- introduced their version. if a child born as a result of a botched abortion, that child is entitled to medical protection and treatment. it i a pretty simple bill. [applause] to my knowledge, there was only one person on the floor of any state legislature who stood up and oppose it. it happens to be the current president of the united states.
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who stood up and said that he opposed this bill because it would impinge on a woman's saidt under roe v. we and sa any child prior to ne months of gestaon would be ableo be killed, otherwise it would impinge on roe v. wade. think about that. any child born prematurely according to the president in his words can be killed. who was the extremist in the abortion debate? who is the ultra in the abortion debate? we have an opportunity in this election to frame a great moral cause. everyone wants to talkbout the economy and it is important. it is vitally important. it is important to create jobs and to cut our deficit, it is
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important to control the size and scope of government, to repeal obamacare, but what is the mission, what is the what for? we have to paint a picture of an american-led that believes in you again. we have to paint a picture of americahere americans believe in ourselves again. that is what is going on here. i referred to the entitlement programs as a result of a conversation i had with juan williams at fox. i used to work there. i was in the green room and the president decided to double down and get this bill passed. who cared about the public opinions? he was going to have the house passed it. i said where you doing?
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you are going to destroy yourself in the election. the public is against what you are doing. what are you doing? he said, let me tell you. reid, pelosi, obama. we believe americans love entitlements and once we get you hooked on entitlement, they will never let it go. sounds like nothing more than trying to hook someone like a drug dealer. is that what entitlements do, mccue dependent? make you feel less and what less? [applause] if that is not a moral issue, if what we're doing to the next generation, this entitlement attitude, if that is not a moral
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issue, i do not know what is. we have an obligation. we have an obligation as americans to do what my grandfather and father did for me. to leave our country better than we found it. a lot of tough things going on right now. i feel blessed to be here. i feel blessed to be here and i hope you do too. to be here at a time when america that needs you. we're at a crisis point here at home and our deficits and culture. every place is that the turning point. it is a crisis but what a blessing. america needs you. put on aot need tyou to uniform and fight a war. put your citizen cap on and go out and fight to make america the country at least as good, much better than what you were given. that is the blessing and god
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will be faithful. if there is anything i've learned from thears are fought in washington, if you are faithful to this great country, he will be faithful to you. i will close with the story of faith. it was during the partial birth debate. i had debated barbara boxer, six hours on the floor. it was it o'clock p.m. and i was just about to go home. the senate was closing down and i said, there was something i needed to do more. i thought maybe if i stay on the floor d argue, maybe some senators who do not have a life are watching c-span like they're doing now. maybe i can convince them to change their vote. i went back and call my wife and said -- at the time we had four children. do you mind, it is late and i will not get home until after
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the kids are asleep i feel called to do this. she said what she always said. if you feel what -- this is what god is calling you to do. i said i will be 20 minutes. an hour and a half later, i finished the speech. i talked about these children whose mothers and fathers had to fight to find a hospital so they could be born. it was easy. they could find places to be aborted but they could not find a hospital where these disabled children who are the target of partial birth abortion, the could not find a hospital. i talked about these miracles. we had to vote the next day and we lost. i thought, what a failure. i had gone home to wait to talk the kids in and karen was asleep. i was a failure as a father and husband. five days later, an e-mail came. it came from a student from
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michigan state who said, five nights ago, i was looking through c-span and iaw you talking about these children. my girlfriend and i stopped and as we watched, i noticed the tears were running down her face. i asked her what is wrong and she looked up and said, i am pregnant and i have an abortion scheduled for next week but i will not have it anymore. [applause] the young man said, did not win that battle to overturn the veto but you saved a life of my child. god will be faithful if you do your part and are faithful to his country. we will reclaim this land and
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make it greater. thank you and god bless you. [applause] live coverage starts at 8:15 eastern. later in the day, transportation willtary ray love goahood testify on the department's budget for next year. live coverage at 2:30 eastern time. >> president obama's budget for the department allows us to read
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these devolving threats and challenges spite prioritizing our essential requirements. >> as time that secretaries meet with the amherst -- the members of congress, watched the hearings on line at the c-span video library. >> "washington journal" is next. we will take your phone calls. later this morning the co-chairs on the debt will testify. the house gavel's back in this afternoon. they will work on a couple of measures, including legislation to include dental care as part of the national emergency response plan. live coverage begins at 2:00 eastern. coming up this hour, the former bush administration, m

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